PT&T appeals disqualification in 3rd telco bid
Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) has appealed the National Telecommunications Commission?s decision to disqualify its bid.
?PT&T believes it deserves the chance for their bid to be opened as it met all the requirements set by the NTC based on the original qualifications under memorandum circular 09-09-2018 or the terms of reference (TOR) for the selection of a new major player,? the company said.
The company led by businessman Salvador Zamora II was disqualified because of its failure to submit a certification of technical capability.
PT&T contested the term national scale in NTC?s TOR which refers to the provisioning, delivery and operation of telecommunications services for a country, or particular region.
?The implication of this interpretation is that a local company should have an operation in the entire Philippines for the last 10 years for it to be able to participate whereas a foreign company’s “regional operations” in its own country is enough for them to qualify,? PT&T said.
?The interpretation is erroneous because there is no distinction between foreign and local company in the TOR insofar as the applicability of the term ?regional operations? is concerned. This is clearly discriminatory against Filipino telco companies.? it added.
PT&T president James Velasquez said the company would have complied with all the requirements if only it was issued a certificate of technical capability by the NTC.